The Journey to 150 Years

Dear Howard University Community:

Thank you for supporting us on the journey to 150 years!

Howard University has long been the prototypical opportunity University, with an unwavering commitment to the words inscribed on Alma Mater’s original seal, which reads, “equal rights and knowledge for all.” It has become evident to this nation—and arguably, the world—that equality is not synonymous with justice.

Even during some of the most turbulent times in history, we maintained our promise to provide an excellent educational experience without regard to race, religion, gender or the way someone loves. Moving forward, we must ensure that Howard University remains a reality not only for undergraduates but also for graduate, professional and international students throughout their academic pursuits. As our country continues to grapple with the affordability of higher education, political uncertainties and student debt, we are leading the way with innovative solutions.

This institution has prepared generations of students who are frequently overlooked, developed them into Rhodes, Marshall and Schwarzman Scholars, MEAC champions, U.S. senators, social activists and change agents for the world. Our global footprint is an extension of generations of friends, sup- porters and alumni, and it touches those who have never set foot within these sacred gates on Hilltop high.

I interviewed someone recently who said, “The difficult, we do immediately. The impossible just takes a little more time.” I believe this is certainly true for Howard University. This institution has balanced leadership and excellence and made truth and service our cornerstone. We have learned that, as we celebrate individual achievements, it adds up to a collective celebration. The journey to 150 years is one to celebrate.

I appreciate your continued support and the ensuing hope that you have engendered within our students—the future trailblazers and provocateurs of our time—and I hope that you will soon return to Alma Mater and join us as we commemorate the successes of our past, the accomplishments of our present and the promise of our future.

Remember, the time to act, learn, give, serve and excel at Howard always has been, and always will be, now. In the words of James Baldwin, “There is never time in the future in which we will work out our salvation. The challenge is in the moment; the time is always now.”

Excellence in Truth and Service,

Wayne A. I. Frederick, M.D., MBA




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